Biopsy and diagnostic histopathology in dental practice in Brisbane: usage patterns and perceptions of usefulness

Wan, A. and Savage, N. W. (2010) Biopsy and diagnostic histopathology in dental practice in Brisbane: usage patterns and perceptions of usefulness. Australian Dental Journal, 55 2: 162-169. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01210.x


Author Wan, A.
Savage, N. W.
Title Biopsy and diagnostic histopathology in dental practice in Brisbane: usage patterns and perceptions of usefulness
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
1834-7819
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01210.x
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 162
End page 169
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
1105 Dentistry
Formatted abstract
Background: Biopsy procedures and diagnostic histopathology are rarely used by general dental practitioners (GDPs) compared with dental specialists. The aim of this study was to investigate the usage patterns and views of GDPs and specialists in Brisbane on these procedures.

Methods: An analysis was carried out on 1027 oral biopsy accessions at a private pathology laboratory. A survey was distributed to 200 GDPs and dental specialists inquiring about their use of and views on biopsy and diagnostic histopathology. An analysis was carried out on 327 and 95 biopsies performed at a private oral medicine practice and at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry, respectively.

Results: The majority (76.2%) of GDPs surveyed referred all oral lesions requiring biopsy to a specialist, rather than undertaking biopsy themselves. Although most GDPs recognized the importance of biopsy, a large proportion (58.1%) did not feel competent in undertaking the procedure due to concerns of inadequate experience and practical skills.

Conclusions: Many dental practitioners believe that GDPs should be able to undertake simple biopsies of benign lesions, however more undergraduate and postgraduate training in biopsy and diagnostic histopathology is necessary to promote a greater use of these procedures. © 2010 Australian Dental Association.
Keyword Biopsy procedures
diagnostic histopathology
Oral cancer
Practitioners
Attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Dentistry Publications
 
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